Our Story

WillHeBop_Algiin&AngieBlack Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience (BACCE) was born out of the Sugar Shack Performance Gallery & Cultural Center, a groundbreaking artist run Black Art space in San Francisco’s so-called Lower Haight.

Founded by Sugar Shack theater artists, Edris Cooper,  the late great Lester Jones and Shirley Smallwood.

BACCE has been producing new plays since 1993, beginning with a co-production with Theatre Rhinoceros of local poet and playwright, Wayne Corbitt’s  Crying Holy at the 16th Street location in San Francisco.  This was followed by two one-acts by Pearl Cleage, Chain and Late Bus to Mecca, starring Edris Cooper and June Lomena  in the Theatre Rhino basement. The company took up a short residency at Intersection For the Arts and enjoyed two full productions –  On The Hills of Black America, seven short plays by  Keith Josef Adkins, directed by Co-Artistic Directors, Edris Cooper-Anifowose and Lester Jones with guest director, Bob Devin Jones and Hollis Mugley’s Only Wish, as well as Edris Cooper’s first solo productions,  Political Gossip and Adventures of A Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion The production featured actors Peter Macon, Rico Anderson, Edris Cooper-Anifowose, Marijo Joseph, Tanya Mayo and SF Mime Troupe veteran Michael Carreiro.  In 2002, BACCE moved into a space at the African American Art & Culture Complex and produced Robert Alexander’s Will He Bop, Will He Drop?    After a hiatus of 10 years, Edris & Lester returned to BACCE to revive and support new artists.   This year, 2013,  BACCE has produced  the World Premiere of Edris’ solo performance, Adventures Of a Black Girl: Traveling While Black and In A Daughter’s Eyes by Fresno native, A. Zell Williams.

Learn about upcoming projects  and view our past history.


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